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Best Easy Beach Hiking Trails in Clayoquot Sound

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Several amazing and easy beach hikes and wilderness trails to choose from in Clayoquot Sound.  Florencia Bay is definitely one of the nicest.  Tranquil, wild and beautiful, Florencia Bay has the feeling of a hidden beach with the enormous wall of trees spilling over from the forest.  The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail has the wonderful Kwisitis Visitor Centre and Feast House at the end of it as well as great beaches and a history lesson along the trail. All of these trails have something special which makes them stand out from the rest.

Florencia Bay in Pacific Rim ParkFlorencia Bay, named after the ship that was wrecked here in 1861 is certainly one of the most amazing places in the world.  Just a short, 1 kilometre (.62 mile) walk to the beach you descend down a wonderfully sketchy tangle of wooden stairs onto a fantastic, wild and secluded feeling Canadian beach.  Florencia Bay seems to have it all.  Gorgeous, sandy beach.  Excellent waves for surfing.  An absurdly wild jungle forest that spills over the beach alive with colour.  It has to be explored to be appreciated.  The 5 kilometre bay cuts a wide arch, often with abrupt cliffs just off the beach.  Florencia Bay is known locally as Wreck Beach due the shipwreck that happened here.  Four people died when the 200 tonne ship, the Florencia was wrecked.  The Florencia actually capsized elsewhere, however, during the salvage effort, the ship towing the Florencia had engine trouble and cast off the Florencia to be wrecked here.  The Bay's name was officially changed to Florencia Bay in 1930, but the original name is often still used.

Why is Florencia Bay in Pacific Rim Park one of the best?

Florencia Bay is secluded feeling and beautiful.  Much of the beach is south facing and wonderfully sunny.  The sunsets are spectacular and the surfing is often very good.  The wonderful history can be read from an excellent viewpoint monument on the trail to the beach.

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Nuu-chah-nulth Hiking Trail in Pacific Rim National ParkThe Nuu-chah-nulth(aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked on one side by the amazing, and historic Florencia Bay.  And on the other side by the unexpectedly, extraordinary and beautiful, Kwisitis Visitor Centre.  The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is in fact a pretty impressive little museum.  They have taken a very small space and filled it with jaw dropping murals, carvings, exhibits and an amazing full sized native whaling expedition in mid-attack.  Amazing.  You certainly don't expect such a well designed exhibition to be so understated.. and free.  And if that wasn't enough there's more.  The Kwisitis Feast House(previously the Wickaninnish Restaurant) is excellent.  Reasonably priced and good food.. and every table has a million dollar view of the wild Pacific Ocean, beyond and below.  The restaurant juts out, over the ocean, and the waves crash here as you dine, loud, big and beautiful.  You would be hard pressed to find a more amazing view for lunch or dinner, at such a reasonably priced restaurant, anywhere.  But enough about the great restaurant, back to the great trail.  The Nuu-chah-nulth is an interpretive trail that gives a glimpse of the local First Nations culture as it meanders 2.5 kilometres through the rainforest from Florencia Bay to Wickaninnish Beach.  Certainly a good way to hike this area is to park at the Florencia Bay/Nuu-chah-nulth parking lot and take the short hike to Florencia Bay.

Why is the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail in Pacific Rim Park one of the best?

The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail is fantastic.  It has history, a beautiful rainforest trail, ocean views, a beautiful beach and it ends at the amazing and free Kwisitis Visitor Centre and excellent Kwisitis Feast House Restaurant!  The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail is located in an amazing cluster of sights, beaches and hikes.  The Shorepine Bog Trail, Florencia Bay, Kwisitis Visitor Centre,Kwisitis Feast House and the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail are all easily done in a half day.

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Wild Pacific Lighthouse Trail in UclueletThe Wild Pacific Trail is a must see on any visit to Pacific Rim National Park, Ucluelet and/or Tofino.  Located in Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail is actually a set of three trails that connect into a wonderful 8.4 kilometre route.  The Lighthouse Loop trail is a great place to start is wild meandering 2.6km trail that has endless amazing ocean views and an amazing array of twisted, weather beaten, and endlessly interesting trees along the trail.  There are several great access points to the ocean where you can clamour over the rocks and see all sorts of sea life lurking in the pools and crevices where the ocean pours in and out of.  The Wild Pacific Trail is wide and leisurely with numerous viewpoints to the ocean and guides you in and out of the forest on a constantly interesting route.  The Lighthouse Loop takes less than an hour to walk, though considerably more if you explore.  You can continue walking along Peninsula Road and Marine Drive to reconnect to the trail or a good idea is to drive to the parking on Marine Drive near Browns Beach.  This positions you in the middle of the other two section of the Wild Pacific Trail, Big Beach and Brown's Beach.  Big Beach has a large picnic area and a great ocean viewpoint.  There are three beach access points.  Browns' beach begins near Black Rock Resort and runs through a section of forest then three kilometres of beautiful ocean views until reaching Peninsula Road.  If you turn right here you can follow the bike trail to Forbes St and connect back to Marine Drive or simply retrace your steps to your car.

Why is the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet one of the best?

The Wild Pacific Trail is an easy and constantly interesting trail to hike anytime of the year.  Storm-watching in the colder months and a relaxing and very interesting trail all year-round.  Lighthouse Loop Trail is a beautiful route that allows you to walk the trail without having to retrace your steps.  Very family friendly with its easy, wide and interesting trail.

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Schooner Cove Trail Near Tofino and UclueletThe beautiful trail to Schooner Cove starts just at the top end of Pacific Rim National Park near Tofino.  Schooner Cove also sits near the top or northern end of Long Beach which continues south from here for 10 kilometres!  Almost immediately you are struck by the enormous trees.  Hundreds of years old, these monsters are everywhere along this trail.  The Schooner Cove trail and Schooner Cove itself is much quieter and even at times secluded feeling when compared to other Pacific Rim National Park beaches and hiking trails.  The trailhead parking is just off of the Pacific Rim Highway.  The trailhead is just across a small, gravel road and you quickly enter a beautiful forest along a gravel path.  The path soon leads to a wonderfully constructed wooden boardwalk.  Stairs, bridges and lots of boardwalk guide you through the the thick forest of huge cedars and hemlock trees.  There are an abundance of examples in and around Tofino and Ucluelet of nurse logs.  Trees that have fallen and another tree has grown on it.  The Schooner Cove trail, however, has a really amazing example of this.  A massive, western hemlock, grows from a huge, fallen tree with its spider web like roots grasping all around it.  This wonderful tree is located just inches from the boardwalk and leaves you staring in wonder about how aggressive a tree can fight to live.  The trail soon descends to the beach which is has a variety of places to explore.  Rock outcrops will all sorts of sea life lurking, a sandy beach that goes for kilometres, and Schooner Cove itself which is hidden, sheltered from the wind and secluded.  To reach it by low tide by walking along the beach or by walking the overgrown trail that connects to it from near where the main trail reaches the beach.  Schooner Cove's close proximity to Tofino, its shelter from the wind as well as its beauty, make it a popular spot for those that know and love it.

Why is the Schooner Cove Trail one of the best in Pacific Rim Park?

The trail to Schooner Cove is fun and varied.  Beautiful forest, bizarre trees and a nice hidden beach.  Definitely one of the more adventurous of the easy trails in Pacific Rim National Park.  The boardwalk and stair sections are quite elaborate on this trail making it comparable to the Rainforest Trails in terms of making you feel like you are walking through an Ewok Village.  The stairs descend and ascend quickly through the dark and deep forest that is so absurdly full of life that you find yourself staring, incredulous at one bizarre tree after another.

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Long Beach - Best Easy HikingLong Beach is the wonderfully accessible beach that spans the middle of Pacific Rim National Park for several kilometres.  It's the longest stretch of surf swept sand on west coast of Vancouver Island.  In fact, if you include Florencia Bay, Wickaninnish Beach, Combers Beach and Schooner Cove with Long Beach, then it is the longest sand dune on Vancouver Island.  Surfing, walking and wandering the beach are the main activities here.  Winter storm watching and summer sunshine make Long Beach hard to beat.  It is popular and huge, so you don't feel crowded even in the busiest of summer days. Storm watching is advertised to off season visitors to Pacific Rim National Park, and for good reason.  The Pacific Ocean crashes here with nothing to impede it for thousands of kilometres.  The nearby West Coast Trail, is closed to hikers for more than half of the year due to these ferocious storms and brutal weather.  These storms along this stretch of coast the nickname, the "Graveyard of the Pacific" after decades of continuous inbound ships wrecking along the shores near here.

Why is Long Beach in Pacific Rim Park one of the best?

Long Beach is a huge, white sand beach that is just steps from where you park your car.  Located in the middle of Pacific Rim National Park, it is convenient and beautiful.  Surfing, suntanning, relaxing, exploring, picnicking and swimming are all fantastic here.

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Rainforest Trails in Pacific Rim National Park Near TofinoThe Rainforest Trail is a fantastic, deep, dark, wet and wonderful walk through a giant tree forest.  There are, in fact, two beautiful 1km rainforest loop trails.  One on the ocean side of the highway, the other on the forest side.  Both are equally nice and both have an elaborate boardwalk system that at times seems luxurious as it keeps you tidily above the deep, mossy, wet, and chaotic forest floor.  For an amazing, jungle-like experience this is the place to go.  The forest is deep, wet and massive.  Very massive.  The wonderful aroma of nature fills your lungs as this incredibly elaborate boardwalk runs Shorepine Bog Trail in Pacific Rim Parkalong massive nurse logs, huge cedars and an astounding array of young and ancient trees.  Hiking/walking the Shorepine Bog Trail in Pacific Rim National Park is a surreal experience.  As you wander through this weather beaten forest that looks nothing like anything else you've seen in the rest of the park.  It is absolutely bizarre.  Pacific Rim National Park is almost entirely rainforest.  Giant trees, wet, mossy ground, dead and decaying giant trees, laying on the dark, wet forest floor.  And yet the Shorepine Bog Trail looks more like a desert.  Everything looks blasted by wind, and unexpectedly dry, very dry.  The Shorepine Bog Trail is not so much a trail as a continuous boardwalk.  This makes it a very easy and relaxing trail that keeps you from damaging the bog beneath your feet as you walk.

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